The First Generation Plus Success Center seeks to support transfer students through a variety of programming and resources to help make the transition to USC as smooth as possible.
FG+SC is here to help as you adjust and settle into your new home with the Trojan family. Resources are available for you to get to know the campus, get involved with campus and organizations, find support resources, and connect with fellow transfer students.
As transfer students, you are coming to USC with a diversity of experiences – whether coming from another 2-year or 4-year institution, or you’re returning to school after time away, or you’re coming from out of state or abroad, all these experiences will enrich your time as a Trojan and enhance the experiences of others around you.
At this time, transfer students at USC come from from:
- 50% CA community college
- 27% Out of state colleges
- 10% Cal State or UC
- 7% CA private colleges
- 6% International colleges or universities
The First Generation Plus Success Center is here to support your intellectual and personal development.
USC Transfer Student Handbook is designed to help make your transition to USC as smooth as possible. Please click to download to view tips and resources, including the ones below.
Transfer Student Soul Search
The Transfer Student Soul Search will connect you with resources and opportunities to network and socialize with transfer students. It consists of self-discovery modules designed to support you in finding community and learning about the benefits of being a member of the Trojan Family.
Transfer Student Assembly (TSA)
Transfer Student Assembly (formerly Transfer Student Community) is a student organization founded by students in 2015. It emerged out of a need to provide community and resources for transfer students, and helping them adjust, navigate and meet challenges when starting at a new school, especially because there was no Transfer Center on campus.
Tips for Staying on the Path to Success
Utilize resources: There are a multitude of support services on our campus designed to promote and guide student success. Many of these resources are listed at the end of this guide. Before the school year begins, we encourage you to explore these services’ websites to better understand the resources provided.
Visit your professors during office hours: This is a great opportunity to ask for help on course materials, or simply to get to know your professors better. Check your professors’ course syllabi for the times they are available to meet with students outside of class.
Make appointments with your academic advisor: Academic advisors are USC staff members who help students select their courses and navigate their undergraduate academic experience. Not only do advisors make sure students stay on track for graduation, but they are able to connect students to a variety of campus opportunities.
Use a planner, phone calendar or paper calendar to stay organized: A college schedule is very different from what you might have been used to in high school. Use a paper or digital calendar to keep track of your class schedule, assignments due and any other responsibilities, such as club meetings or part-time work.
Get involved in student organizations: USC has more than 1,000 student clubs and organizations. Although this may seem overwhelming, this wide variety means that most students will find their niche on campus. We encourage you to check out the Involvement Fair, which happens during the first week of each semester. This is a great opportunity to learn about the various organizations at USC and to join the ones that interest you. You can always start with one or two organizations, and then add more as you progress through your studies at USC.